This month, we conducted an interview with Julie Allen, the Program Manager for the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project, to learn more about her role leading the largest bridge project in the history of the City of Los Angeles:
What do you do on the project?
Julie Allen: I am the Program Manager, which means I am responsible for leading the team that will deliver this project for the City of Los Angeles. This includes managing the design and construction, developing and monitoring the budget and expenditures, and obtaining concurrence and approval from numerous stakeholders.
When did you start working on the project?
Julie: January 2015.
How do you overcome challenges that arise while you’re working?
Julie: The City has an amazing team on this project including both the Bureaus of Engineering and Contract Administration. We work together and collaborate to address and resolve the many challenges that have arisen throughout the project. We have tremendous structural and construction expertise that has been instrumental in identifying and solving technical problems.
What’s helped you most while working on the viaduct?
Julie: Given the size, complexity, and political exposure of this project, the guidance and support from the City Engineer, Gary Lee Moore, has been invaluable.
What motivates you to complete this difficult and challenging project?
Julie: Visualizing the completed viaduct, with the arches all lit up; with pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles all safely utilizing the beautiful, new structure. That keeps me motivated to successfully deliver the project.
What’s your favorite part of the project?
Julie: Witnessing so many people from different agencies working together to create much-needed infrastructure, and the ability to leave a lasting, iconic landmark for many generations to appreciate and enjoy.